I spent New Years eating my way through Bali. Here are my top healthy restaurant picks.
Bali has been on the bucket-list for a while, and I finally had a chance to go for a friend’s 30th birthday party, which happened to coincide with New Years.
While there, I chose to get up early for the gym and to explore the neighboring towns and healthy restaurants. I managed to hit quite a few places in 4 days…so here are my top picks!
Five Elements was my absolute favorite restaurant in Bali. Part of a larger retreat center, the restaurant is nestled amongst lush gardens and greenery. You can take meditation and yoga classes, or book a healing massage and other interesting modalities, which take place in gorgeous huts along a river.
We came here for lunch, and everything looked so good, we nearly ordered the whole menu. Everything is 100% plant-based.
We ordered sushi, the dumplings, jackfruit tacos…and one was better than the next. The red beet burger was pretty good, but what most impressed me was the homemade rice-based gluten-free bun. This is an absolute must-visit when in Ubud.
Moksa is an incredible plant-based restaurant and permaculture garden. The covered patio overlooks the garden, and it was the perfect spot to enjoy a meal while watching the inevitable Bali rain come down.
There is a pretty large menu with a mix of raw and cooked foods (which changes for lunch and dinner), and a range of smoothies, juices, and desserts. Definitely worth a stop when in Ubud, both for the location and the food.
Cafe Organic was a cute little place across the street from the W hotel, that was always buzzing. They are open only for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, with a varied menu of smoothies, smoothie bowls, eggs, and mostly plant-based dishes. We ate here a few times. The food was pretty basic, but good, and the vibe and atmosphere more than made up for it.
The Spicy Coconut
The Spicy Coconut is a small vegan cafe, with mostly (but not all) raw dishes. I liked their their tempeh tacos and chickpea burger. They had a delicious-sounding gluten-free bread, which I was bummed I didn’t get to try, as they were sold out for the day by the time I got there around 3pm. Of course, like most places in Bali, they also served fresh coconut water, straight from the coconut, as well as a variety of juices and smoothies.
Do you have any favorite healthy places in Bali? Recommend them in the comments below!
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. She has ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.